Painted Finches and Zebra Finch in Alice Springs, NT, Australia


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Painted finch

The painted finch (Emblema pictum) is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia. It is also known as thepainted firetail or the painted firetail finch. It is the only species in the genus Emblema.

It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,000,000 km2. It is found in semi-desert areas, grassland and subtropical (lowland) dry grassland. The IUCN has classified the species as being of least concern. source

Zebra finch

The zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata [formerly Poephila guttata]),[2] is the most common estrildid finch of Central Australiaand ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and some areas of the tropical far north. It can also be found natively in Indonesia and East Timor. The bird has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Portugal, Brazil and theUnited States.

Zebra finches inhabit a wide range of grasslands and forests, usually close to water.[4] They are typically found in open steppes with scattered bushes and trees, but have adapted to human disturbances, taking advantage of human-made watering holes and large patches of deforested land. Zebra finches — including many human-bred variants to the species — are widely kept by genetic researchers, breeding hobbyists and pet owners. source

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